Hair Ball from the Stomach of a Hog.
I spent a few days last week on the Gettysburg College campus lecturing about science communication, YouTube, women in science. I also learned a great deal about the campus’s former natural history collection. This hair ball is one of few surviving specimens from the museum founded in the mid 1800’s, surviving the American Civil War, the building standing during the Battle of Gettysburg. Despite how much we know about the history of the town, the details about the disbanded Linnaean Society of the former Pennsylvania College and its extensive collection have, quite unfortunately, been forgotten over time.
I had the opportunity to comb through some old ledgers with a lovely former student, Sara, who spent her senior year and some time afterwards compiling as much information as possible about the artifacts and specimens, attempting to track down their origins and current statuses. So much has been forgotten over time; a lapse of judgement by a few short-sighted individuals means hundreds of years of natural history gone in as little effort as taking out the trash.
Why was this hairball preserved - and how? Why is it one of the last remaining specimens from this collection of thousands? I really wish we knew.
foods that will poison cats:
- dairy products (adults turn lactose intolerant)
- fat trimmings, raw meat, eggs, fish
- grapes and raisins
- onions and garlic
- tuna (when not made for cats)
- xylitol (artificial sweetener)
if you have a cat please reblog this
Seriously, I am so grateful for people who make things like this. I’d probably die if I ever poisoned a cat.
Photo credit: Simon Chandra
FUN FACT: These eggs are evil. Octopus babies are evil. Let me tell you why. The octopus mother lays her eggs in a cave roof and spends 6 months guarding them from potential predators and swaying the eggs with her tentacle so they get oxygen. This means she doesn’t eat or sleep until they hatch. When the octopus babies hatch, she dies from fatigue and starvation. THEN THEY FUCKING EAT HER. THEY EAT THEIR MOTHER WHO DIED BECAUSE SHE WAS LOOKING AFTER THEM. THEY. EAT. HER.
This sounds like what my mother said i did to her
What You Crave vs What You Need
- Chocolate: Raw nuts/seeds.
- Oily/Fatty Snacks: Kale, leafy greens.
- Soda/Carbonated Drinks: Actual, literal bubbles.
- Chips/Salty Food: Topsoil.
- Cookies: Freudian psychology.
- Sweet Tea: A strong Southern gentleman to take care of you.
- Pasta/Carbs: Pasta/Carbs.
- Ice: The sweet release of death.
y’all remember that game in elementary school where each person would say one word and the next person would say a word etc so it’d create a cohesive story? let’s do that:
well playtime is over you’re all grounded